AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2013 Oct. 7

The current issue of AAMC News and Leadership Announcements is now available:

Drs. James Rothman, Randy Schekman, and Thomas Südhof have been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology.  The Nobel committee said “Through their discoveries, Rothman, Schekman and Südhof have revealed the exquisitely precise control system for the transport and delivery of cellular cargo.”  Drs. Rothman and Schekman are Americans, and currently at Yale University and the University of California at Berkeley, respectively.  Dr. Südhof, who is German, is a professor at Stanford University.  The NIH’s RePORT system shows that Drs. Rothman and Schekman have long records of support from the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Dr. Südhof has received support from both the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.  Drs. Schekman and Südhof are HHMI investigators. All three researchers earlier were Lasker Award winners.

Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer reported, “When it comes to hospitals, patients apparently don’t know what’s good for them. After crunching data from 4,655 hospitals, a Thomas Jefferson University health economist concluded that the best hospitals were not the ones with the highest satisfaction scores. Instead, the best hospitals, which tended to be bigger and busier, got more lukewarm ratings from patients.” The Society of Actuaries funded the study.

In an essay in Sunday’s New York Times, Dr. Danielle Ofri of NYU wrote, “We doctors constantly lament how difficult it is get our patients to change their behavior…But the truth is, we are equally intransigent when it comes to changing our own behaviors as caregivers. Clinical practice guidelines are a common way of summarizing the standard recommendations for medical conditions…Most doctors and nurses think that well-researched guidelines are an excellent idea. Most agree with their recommendations. The problem is, most of us are just like our patients — we often ignore good advice when it conflicts with what we’ve always done.”

Monday’s San Diego Union-Tribune featured a lengthy article and several related features on the new $37 million, 45,000-square-foot campus of the J. Craig Venter Institute that is being build just south of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

CORRECTION: The AAMC Holistic Review Project is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, October 16, at 3pm ET, titled, “Making It Real: What the Supreme Court’s Fisher Decision Means for Medical Schools,” Webinar panelists will provide an overview of the Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas and introduce a framework to aid in understanding the Court’s decision and it’s operational impact on medical school diversity-related enrollment initiatives going forward.  A previous notice incorrectly stated that the webinar would begin at 2pm.

And finally… National Weather Service meteorologists are affected by the government shut down. Although some are working, their pay is in limbo. A recent forecast included a message to legislators who can read vertically.

Tony Mazzaschi

PS: Feel free to email <cfas@aamc.org> if you have a problem accessing any article or resource mentioned in this summary. Also, have colleagues email <cfas@aamc.org> if they would like to receive these news postings. We also welcome news tips and corrections.

PPS: Registration is now open for the 2013 AAMC Annual Meeting, November 1-6, in Philadelphia.


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